What is Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Essential Oil

Monday, July 30, 2018

Melaleuca oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the Melaleuca tree native to Australia. The Melaleuca tree has been used as a medicine by the aborigines for centuries. Now our modern technology allows us to harvest the powerful essence of this plant and bring it into your home.

Episode 006: Halley Murrow's Myrtle Beach

Saturday, July 28, 2018


My sweet cousin Halley gives us all the behind the scenes info on how to visit Myrtle Beach and make the best of your vacation. As the creative host of SC Weekend, a news segment featuring local attractions, Halley has had the opportunity to really explore and get to know the amazing town she now calls home. 

Recipes with Rob: Ginger chicken salad with your choice of dressing

Friday, July 27, 2018


On this episode of Recipes with Rob we serve up a ginger chicken salad with a homemade ranch and a vinaigrette dressing. The chicken and the two dressings are flavored with essential oils! Everyone loved it and it made for an amazing healthy dinner.

Ask ApotheKayla: Lavender for babies.

Thursday, July 26, 2018


I get questions about essential oils and usage guidelines all the time. I felt like it would be awesome to share some of those with you and answer any questions you may have.

Ashleigh asks:
Kayla,

I love using doTERRA essential oils and recently had a baby. He seems to be an anxious baby and has a hard time falling asleep if I am not holding him. I have lavender oil and wondered if it would be safe to use on him. If so how much and how often.

-Ashleigh

Kayla answers:
Hey Ashleigh!

My first thought was as long as you are using doTERRA, which I know is a safe brand of essential oils. I wanted to offer a few tips on how to move forward with using essential oils for babies.

If you are going to apply them to the bottom of his feet, for example, I would follow the doTERRA dilution guidelines if you do not already have the doTERRA Touch Lavender roll on. Fill a 10 ml roller jar to the bend of the neck with fractionated coconut oil. Add 4 drops of lavender essential oil. Shake and roll on the bottom of his feet.

I would use the touch blends:
doTERRA Touch®These products are awesome because they come pre-diluted. Young skin is different from adult skin—it’s thinner, more delicate, and generally more sensitive. It’s a great idea to dilute any essential oils before applying them to children, and this kit takes the mess out of dilution. 
My other recommendation would be to diffuse lavender in his room or in the room he sleeps in. Diffuse 2-3 drops of lavender per 1/2 cup of water.

Also, use some of that lavender on yourself my friend! Babies pick up on the emotions of those around them and if you are more calm he will be more calm.

Let me know how it works for you! Here's to sweet dreams.

Kayla

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Essential oil spotlight:

Lavender Lavandula angustifolia

Lavender is often considered a must-have oil to keep on hand at all times due to its versatile uses, including calming and relaxing properties that promote peaceful sleep and ease feelings of tension. Learn more...

Top 3 Uses Of Melaleuca

Monday, July 23, 2018

Melaleuca (tea tree) is a great oil to help with keeping your scalp and skin oils at a normal level. We love having this oil in our home. It is one of the essential oils we use in our healing salve recipe. Here we have compiled the top three most popular uses of this essential oil.


Recipes with Rob: DIY Diffuser Charms

Friday, July 20, 2018


Thank you for joining us on Recipes with Rob. On this episode our little brother joins us again to make a fun craft. There are many ways to enjoy the aromatic qualities of essential oils. Today we are sharing a quick, cheap, and easy DIY craft using Sculpey Clay. Check out the video for the instructions!

Safe Skincare with Beauty Counter

Thursday, July 19, 2018


Recently Melissa from Real Nutritious Living reached out to me to offer a product she was sure I would love. She was right. I am very passionate about making sure the products I put on my skin are as pure as possible. Melissa is a representative of Beauty Counter. Beauty Counter is a brand of makeup and skincare that not only produces safe products but advocates for safe products. 

What is Frankincense

Tuesday, July 17, 2018


Frankincense is an oil that should need no introduction. Even if one is not familiar with all of the medical benefits the oil has to offer we can all think of a use for Frankincense. This precious sap is harvested from the hardy but endangered Boswellia tree.  We slash the tree to allow the resin to bleed out and harden creating tears. The oil is steam distilled from those tears.

Recipes with Rob: Shepherd's Pie

Friday, July 13, 2018

Over the last ten years we have prepared Shepherd's pie many times. This, however, was the first time we made it using essential oils. Our friend Amy joins us to try it I (Kayla) also appear on Recipes with Rob for the first time. :)

The recipe:
-2 pounds of ground beef
-1 large minced onion
-2 tablespoons, give or take, fractionated coconut oil
-2 drops of thyme essential oil
-1 drop of rosemary essential oil
-1 drop of coriander essential oil
-2 cups of frozen organic corn
-2 large potatoes
-1 cup of milk
-2-4 oz of butter
-3 drops of black pepper essential oil
-2 cups of shredded cheese

Once you have browned the meat with the onion, fractionated coconut oil, thyme, rosemary, and coriander drain the meat. Then spread into the bottom of a large glass pan. Pour the corn over the meat and spread it out. Mash the potatoes using the milk, butter, and black pepper oil. Evenly sprinkle shredded cheese over the top. Bake until cheese is crisp (between 20 and 40 mins).

We hope you love this recipe as much as we do. If so please share on your social media pages.

Essential Oil Spotlight
While it is frequently used for cooking, Rosemary has long been revered by many cultures for its internal benefits and energizing scent. Learn more...


While Coriander has long been used to promote healthy digestion, it is also known to aid in maintaining a clear complexion and promoting feelings of relaxation. Learn more...





With a specific chemistry that supports a healthy immune system, Thyme is a potent, warm essential oil that holds powerful cleansing and purifying properties.* Learn more...

With noteworthy topical and internal benefits, Black Pepper essential oil can be used to add spice and sharpness when cooking, or to ward off seasonal and environmental threats. Learn more... 

Top 3 Uses of Rosemary

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Rosemary is my most used essential oil. It has such a vibrant savory smell and has so many benefits. Read on to learn about our top 3 favorite uses.


Use number one: Flavoring. I keep finding more and more dishes that call for Rosemary. This popular spice adds a savory flavor to your favorite dishes. Take your favorite recipe to the next level by substituting dried herbs with a drop of essential oils.

Use number two: Repel insects. It is a good thing that we humans love the scent of Rosemary as with all its many uses it also just smells nice to have it around. It is also good that bugs hate it. Diffuse it in your diffuser or add it to your perfumes and lotions to keep the little blighters at bay.

Use number three: Support healthy digestion. Rosemary is the first oil I used, and I first used it for this reason. Now I carry it with me always. I put it on before a meal I know might bring on indigestion or might make me gassy. Definitely a must before any trip to the fair.   

Please let me know what you think in the comments.
Be well! -Kayla

Oil spotlight:
Rosemary is an aromatic, evergreen shrub whose leaves are frequently used to flavor foods such as stuffings, pork, roast lamb, chicken, and turkey. Along with its culinary applications, Rosemary has many benefits. Read more...

Today I have an icky tummy.

Sunday, July 8, 2018


This is a sentence I use way to often. I have always had a troubled stomach. When I was a kid they said I had ulcers and I started drinking Maalox by the gallon for years. As I got older I tried all sorts of other medications and found them to be unpleasant and unhelpful.

Episode 003-You're only one oil away from a better life.

Saturday, July 7, 2018


Fernando and Robert met at work almost a year ago. Fernando and his fiance quickly became some of our best friends. We were ecstatic when they decided to join our doTERRA tribe as business partners.

Recipes with Rob: Breakfast with Sandra

Friday, July 6, 2018

Hello everyone and welcome back to recipes with Rob! This week Robert made breakfast for dinner using essential oils to flavor the eggs and to make a delicious (Sandra confirmed it was delicious) citrus cream cheese spread.

What is eucalyptus

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Ah... Eucalyptus. This is an essential oil I carry in my purse daily. 

Eucalyptus oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the Eucalyptus radiata. These tall tree "Gum trees" are native to Australia. The plant might be better known as the favored food of the Koala Bear but for us it is a source of a versatile and valuable oil.

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